Who Hijacked Our Country

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Keep Them Government Bureaucrats Out of My Internet Service

Freedom has prevailed! The Tree of Liberty has been watered. The Free Enterprise system has scored a smashing victory against those Creeping Socialists who wanted to regulate the Internet.

Long live the Internet! Well, for now, anyway — until our monthly rates go into the stratosphere while the service plunges south. Or maybe you’ll have the choice of either paying through the wazoo for the same service you’re getting now, or not paying the new exorbitant fees and being relegated to the slow lane. Dial-up speed at broadband prices.

But hey — We’re Free!!!

The FCC was smacked down earlier today by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The American people don’t want none of that there Socialized Internet Service, thank you very much.

The Federal Communist Conspiracy had two goals, and they both went against everything our Founding Fathers stood for:

1. Net Neutrality. This was just a government power grab; an excuse for faceless bureaucrats to socialize the Internet.

2. Expanding broadband service to poor and rural areas throughout America. Let those parasites get their own broadband service.

Two years ago Comcast filed a lawsuit against this government takeover, and now the Court of Appeals has ruled in their favor.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski — now there’s a Communist-sounding name if I ever heard one — might appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court. Or he might ask Congress to provide additional authority to the FCC.

In the meantime, enjoy your Freedom.

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Blogger jadedj said...

About all I can say is...I am seething after reading this. My BP just shot up 20 points. What the hell is going on in this fucking country? Sorry Tom, I can think of nothing intelligent to say about this jackwad of a decision...except that it was made by jackwad sell-outs.

April 6, 2010 at 4:21 PM  
Blogger Beekeepers Apprentice said...

I think congress affording more power to the FCC would probably work well enough. Honestly, WTF?? I have comcast, they're too damned expensive, but I'm hooked on this damned internet.

April 6, 2010 at 4:59 PM  
Blogger Holte Ender said...

This has been coming for a while, it isn't quite here yet, stalling tactics will be in order probably just to avoid the inevitable, those big telecoms have a lot of clout, internet neutrality will go the way of a free and locally owned press and free to air television. Damn shame.

April 6, 2010 at 7:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No surprise here

Under the Old Communications Act of the 30's the Airwaves and Carrier Lines belonged to the people.

Then (Guess Who) Ronald Reagan came in preaching deregulation allowing not only big business to own a majority but took away their requirement of Community Responsibility (some of you may remember way back in the old days when you could hold up a station's license for not serving the needs of the community), and took away the equal rights clause which allow right wing idiots like Rush Limbaugh to make any inaccurate libelous statement they want without fear of a giving free access time for another opinion.

Then last FCC Micheal Powell (yes Colin's Son) under GW Bush took deregulation further and wanted the Industry (all large) to manage the airways.

We are all reaping what they sowed, and I believe only Congress can fix it!


April 6, 2010 at 8:11 PM  
Blogger Demeur said...

A couple of things here. You have bit torrent pigging the band width. Now I'm not against P2P but when kids are hogging the tubes downloading full length movies that's a different story. Then there's the other problem. The actual usable bandwidth itself is limited. The FCC wants TV stations to give up (donate) their old analog band so that other companies can use it for wifi. The problem? The FCC doesn't want to pay the stations for it. Because the stations could develop their own net services with it. Now you see the problem?
But have no fear I'm sure some smart 15 year old will figure out how to get around all this. They always do.

April 7, 2010 at 12:14 AM  
Anonymous Carlos said...

I think the court was telling the FCC to focus their attention on things more important to society...you know, like people saying the eff word on TV, or titties flashing during Superbowl halftime shows. You know - the kind of stuff that sends people to the gates of hayull.

I wonder how much $ Comcast is gonna throw at politicians now that they can throw as much as they want.

April 7, 2010 at 12:40 AM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

Congress should declare all electronic mass media to be airwaves-broadcast equivalents and subject to the same requirements for operating in the public interest.

BTW, it's no coincidence the case was heard in the DC appeals court. Reagan and the Bushes went out of their way to fill it with right-wing judges. For an example, go here and search down the page for Silberman (yes, that name is spelled correctly).

April 7, 2010 at 1:31 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

Gotta second Holte. Until money is taken out of the decision equation - I'll pause a moment for you all to stop guffawing - the bloody demise of net neutrality is a foregone conclusion.

April 7, 2010 at 7:10 AM  
Anonymous kate said...

Why shouldn't Comcast be able to regulate their own network? If it's under total control of FCC (government) don't you see any negative side to that? For example, the ability to supress anybody who speaks out against the government?

April 7, 2010 at 8:14 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

jadedj: And unfortunately the jackwads have all the money and clout.

Bee: I think Congress is our only hope. The Bush Supreme Court wouldn't help at all.

Holte: Ah yes, those halcyon days of public airwaves.

Erik: I always wished Michael Powell had been prosecuted. He suppressed a report showing that the changes he was pushing for would jeopardize the quality of TV news coverage. What he did was illegal but whoever was in charge "declined" to pursue the matter.

Demeur: I'll have to admit, you know a lot more details of this than I do. I think you're right that some smart 15-year-old will figure it all out.

Carlos: Yup, it's great for Comcast. All they have to do is jack their rates up even higher so they'll have even more money to purchase the government.

SW: I agree that all electronic mass media should be declared "airwaves-broadcast equivalents and subject to the same requirements for operating in the public interest."

If that's "too much government," so be it.

Randal: Just a minute, I'm still guffawing.

Kate: Sorry, I don't see any negative side to it. If the FCC starts censoring political speech, you can say "I told you so."

April 7, 2010 at 11:55 AM  

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